Artist, Designer & Illustrator Holly V Maslen

Illustrator and Designer Holly V Maslen explores the contrast between black & white, occupied spaces & the spaces in-between. She’s influenced by Japanese & Scandinavian aesthetics.

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‘Currently I seem to be specialising in two rather different ways of working. One is large scale, having been commissioned to paint a mural for the fashion designer Charlotte Taylor in Sloane Square last year and also a series of sixteen murals for the Isle of Wight Zoo which have taken over a year to complete. The other work I’m currently involved with is designing scarves and pocket squares which are being sold through the website of London based Japanese designer Masato Jones.’

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‘My influences are very vague and have more to do with what I feel about the World around me rather than what I see. I have always felt an affinity to the calm, clean and simple aesthetics coming from Japan and Scandinavia. I would say that seeing the Kusama exhibition at the Tate Modern a couple of years back also influenced me in the sense that seeing what a huge amount of work she has created in her lifetime was incredibly inspiring. I felt her obsessive need to create, like a kind of madness, which I can definitely relate to.

I am about to embark upon a big project, a mural for a client living in the Prince Consort building on the Isle of Wight. The building was commissioned by Prince Albert for Queen Victoria, so it’s quite a strange feeling to be given permission to paint all over the walls in the stairwell whilst imagining Queen Victoria running up and down those very same stairs. The theme is a Japanese garden, which suits my style of work perfectly.’

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